Complete set of twenty-five 1889 N230 Kinney Bros. "Famous English Running Horses" cards plus two extremely rare N239 large-format premiums. Each N230 card (1-3/8 x 2-3/4 inches) depicting significant race winners features a horse and rider against a tan background with their respective names and victories set under a Kinney Bros. High Class Cigarettes ad. The back of each card features an additional Kinney ad as well as a redemption offer for a premium photo (of which two are offered in this lot) of any horse in the series. Condition of the set grades as follows: three Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, seventeen Vg (mostly due to light adhesive residue on the backs), and five lesser. The two premiums included are The Promised Land (small "N239" written twice in pencil on the back, otherwise Vg-Ex) and Voltigeur (borders trimmed on all sides and glued to an album page). This extremely attractive set is highly prized by nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 27 items (25 cards plus two premiums). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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